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Entombed A.D.
Dead Dawn




Company: Century Media
Release: 2016
Genre: Death
Reviewer: Eric Compton

  • Triumphant sophomore rebound



  • One could argue that 'Back to the Front' was such a horrible first step for life after Entombed that most seemingly dismissed the band and its future. Thankfully Petrov and his crew of former Entombed mates came clean and admitted that their hearts really weren’t in the first effort. As complacency riddled the group's first album, 'Dead Dawn' is a triumphant sophomore rebound that gains solid footing on what was essentially the Entombed era. The down-tuned fuzzy guitars and production values courtesy of Big Island (drastically improved upon Studio Bohus) are a welcome return and the overall intensity in the groovy runs is important in the formula. While this isn't 'Wolverine Blues' 2.0, it still has that forged in the fire work ethic that burns out the competition. Entombed A.D. have indeed put 'Back to the Front' to the back burner. 'Dead Dawn' for life.



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    Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

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    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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